ERIC Number: ED366789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec-3
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Views, Beliefs, & Opinions of Business Education by State Employment Service Managers in the Pacific Northwest, Secondary Principals in the Pacific Northwest, Chief State School Officers throughout the United States, State Directors of Employment & Training throughout the U.S.
Yopp, Martha C.
State employment service managers in the Pacific Northwest, secondary principals in the Pacific Northwest, chief state school officers throughout the United States, and state directors of employment and training throughout the United States were asked to rate students on a list of 15 attributes seen as key to performance on the job. Their responses indicated that, although students and their parents are satisfied with present-day education, employers are not. Sixty executives responding to a survey felt that the following should be an integral part of high school education: at least one business course; a course in handling personal finances; and training in critical thinking and problem-solving skills, computer applications, and keyboarding. Only 34% of the principals expressed support for a one- or two-semester course for and about business for all secondary students, whereas 86.7 percent of the state directors of employment and training supported such a course. The state directors of employment also rated the importance of business communications, business math, small business management, management functions, marketing and distribution significantly higher than the educators did. All four groups surveyed were fairly neutral regarding the importance of economics and consumer economics to secondary curricula. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Pacific Northwest
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Nashville, TN, December 3, 1993).